Schools to benefit from solar energy funding

19th Sep 2012

Schools across Australia are set to install solar energy systems following the next (and final) round of funding from the federal government.

Over $24 million has been allocated to 804 primary and secondary schools under the National Solar Schools Program.

This brings the total money distributed to $217 million, with over 5,300 educational facilities benefiting overall.

So how does it work?

Interested schools apply to the government for a grant worth up to $50,000 for energy efficiency measures such as solar power systems, solar hot water technology and other renewable options.

Indeed, solar power constitutes the main bulk of the initiative – with 90 per cent of projects involving sun-powered equipment.

Parliamentary secretary for climate change and energy efficiency Mark Dreyfus said: "Smarter, cleaner energy use in our schools, homes and local community buildings means we're creating less pollution and saving money."

However, the politician claimed there is more to the scheme than just quick-fire results, adding that the program is a good way for local communities to learn more about energy consumption and conservation for the future.

Unfortunately, schools itching to take part that have not already received funding may have missed out, with the 2012-13 financing round being the last opportunity for applications.

Posted by Mike Peacock

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